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BLANCO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Johnson City, Texas
Blanco County

Blanco County has had three courthouses:
1916 - Johnson City
1885 - Blanco
1860 - Blanco

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1916 Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas today
Blanco County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

The Present Blanco County Courthouse
- Johnson City

Date - 1916
Architect - Henry T. Phelps
Style - Classical Revival
Material - Stone

The Johnson City Courthouse is the last of three for Blanco County. Two previous courthouses were in Blanco. One, an 1885 F.E. Ruffini design, has recently been restored. The county seat was moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890.

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1916 Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas today
The 1916 Blanco County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2007
1916 Blanco County Courthouse historical marker, Johnson City, Texas
1916 Blanco County Courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Blanco County Courthouse

Designed by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps, the 1916 Blanco County Courthouse was the first permanent courthouse built after the seat of government moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890. Serving as contractor for the project was stonemason James Waterston, who had come from Scotland to Texas in 1883 to aid in the construction of the state Capitol. The Classical Revival limestone structure features Doric columns and a domed cupola.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1983
1916 Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas old photo
Blanco County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
1916 Blanco County Courthouse entrance, Johnson City, Texas
Courthouse entrance
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
1916 Blanco County Courthouse cornerstone, Johnson City, Texas today
1916 Blanco County Courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
More Texas Cornerstones
1916 Blanco County Courthouse back view, Johnson City, Texas
Blanco County Courthouse north view
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Johnson City Bi-Centennial 1976 Time Capsule on courthouse ground
Johnson City Bi-Centennial 1976 Time Capsule on courthouse ground
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
1916 Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Texas old postcard
Another early view of the 1916 Blanco County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
The 1885 Blanco County Courthouse
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Blanco, Texas
1885 Former Blanco County courthouse, Blanco Texas
The restored 1885 Blanco County courthouse in Blanco.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2007
Date - 1885
Architect - F. E. Ruffini
Style - Second Empire
Material - Limestone

Blancos architectural centerpiece is (and has been) the former Blanco County courthouse. Although it served in that capacity briefly (Johnson City usurped Blancos claim around 1890), the sturdy stone structure has since served the town as a hospital, school and even a barbeque joint. It was boarded up and was in disrepair in the mid 1990s. But Preservation-minded locals got together and formed the Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society. The building has since been beautifully restored and is now one of the best extant examples of the art of Architect F.E. Ruffini. This and 37 other buildings in Blanco are in the National Register of Historic Places.
More about the 1885 Blanco County Courthouse
  • Courthouse Savior by Terry Jeanson
    Persistence and Tenacity Preserves Blanco Landmark
    JoNell Haas and The 1885 former Blanco County Courthouse
  • The Bones in the Courthouse Crawlspace by Johnny Stucco
    Its currently a garden-variety mystery. But like they say in the newspaper business: you never know. ...more

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  • The 1885 Blanco County courthouse in Blanco Texas, old photo
    Early photo of the 1885 former Blanco County courthouse
    Photo courtesy Texas State Library and Archives
    Former Blanco County Courthouse
    Another view of the Former Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
    Former Blanco County courthouse in Blanco, before restoration, 1990s
    The courthouse before restoration
    Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation
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